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Many owners choose to take their pets on holiday with them. There are certain stipulations and these most be adhered to. You must ensure you have a Pet Passport, signed by your vet, which will contain information on your pet such as the date it had its rabies vaccination along with details of its mircochip or tattoo.

Here is a list of the rules

  • first be fitted with a microchip
  • then be vaccinated against rabies
  • wait 21 days from the date of their first rabies vaccination before travelling to another European Community country
  • not have visited any non-approved countries or territories for at least six months before they enter or re-enter the UK 

Cats and dogs must also:

  • be blood tested with a satisfactory result by a European Union approved laboratory
  • wait six calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before re-entering the UK

You must also ensure that your pet:

  • is issued with a pet passport by their vet
  • is treated by a vet for tapeworm and ticks, not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before checking in with a PETS-approved carrier for the journey back to the UK
  • travels into the UK on a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route

As of 26th May 2010 the European Parliament and Council rules state that dogs, cats and ferrets entering from one EU Member State into another will be limited to 5 per person.

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Telephone: +44 (0)870 241 1710 – Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm UK time (closed Bank Holidays).

For details of Microchipping and tattooing your animal Click Here.

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